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Educating for the Anthropocene: the Local View

The Anthropocene (April 26, 2016 blog) is a proposed epoch beginning when human activities started to have a significant global impact on Earth’s geology and ecosystems. Regardless of what we call our time period, if we want to successfully manage … Continue reading

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Goodbye Cuba – Hello Trump!

This blog is being posted on Tuesday, March 1st (Super Tuesday). Eleven states (and American Samoa) will select about 25% of the delegates that will choose the two party’s nominees to be elected President of the United States in November. … Continue reading

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State Destruction and the Cuban Embargo

My small series of blogs regarding Cuba cannot possibly have a global impact on these issues, so what am I doing writing it? In last week’s blog I warned about the dangers of a country (or group of countries) trying … Continue reading

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Back From Cuba

For the semester break I decided to “unwind” with a book about the Holocaust and one on the consequences of a nuclear Armageddon – one covering the painful past and the other looking at a possible end of human civilization. … Continue reading

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Regulating Subsidies

The figure above shows the price of Brent crude oil as recorded at the end 2014, along with predictions by two respected financial organizations and the futures market for this past year. The real price today (December 30, 2015) is … Continue reading

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COP21: Industry Commitments to Sustainability and Using Consumer Pressure to Keep Promises

Last week’s blog looked at Unilever’s CEO’s attempts to make his company sustainable. Unilever is not alone in promising to be more environmentally friendly in the long term. One of the less discussed achievements of COP21 was the mobilization of … Continue reading

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A Redefinition of Sustainability: The Unilever Case

The 1987 United Nations’ Brundtland Report (World Commission on Environment and Development) was the first platform to articulate the idea of “sustainable development” to a wide audience. The Report framed it as “…development that meets the needs of the present … Continue reading

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Assessment: Shenzhen’s Mudslide and a Prognosis for the Planet?

Figure 1– Shenzhen Mudslide New Year’s Eve is around the corner, which makes this a great time to reflect on the last three months and follow up on my Fall Assessment (September 22, 2015). As far as global focus on … Continue reading

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COP21- Anticipations

The COP21 meeting is over, as is my student’s final exam, 60% of which depended on an evaluation of the conference. What’s next for my students and the world at large? My class material for next semester will answer the … Continue reading

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COP21 – We Have an Agreement!!!!

This is going to be a long blog and to top it off, I’m posting it a day early. I often write these posts mid-week; this time, I waited to start writing it until the final resolution came out in … Continue reading

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